Smog has harmful effect on human health, especially for children and senior citizens, and Huston has yet failed meeting federal health standards. In fact Houston needed to comply with the federal health standards by the year 2010, but given the current level of air pollution deadline is set by the year 2019.
Houston has severe smog problem and has joined Los Angeles becoming the second place in the U.S. classified by EPA as having a severe smog problem
This is anything but good for people living in in the eight-county Houston area as they could suffer from many smog related illnesses as smog does not only have a negative effect on breathing, but it can also decrease capacity of lungs, cause short breathing, wheezing, coughing, and sometimes even serious pain when inhaling deeply.
But yet this doesn't seem to be getting much attention from Texas Gov. Rick Perry who instead of making some efforts to curb air pollution only asked the EPA for the extension to comply with the federal health standards, which is now the year 2019. Of course, without any plan or some solution that would get Houston closer to the cleaner air.